Han Solo: Star Wars Spin-off's Trailer Breakdown And Analysis
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
During Super Bowl LII, a teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped, and it gave us a look into the next Star Wars film, which takes place years before A New Hope. The solo Han Solo film has been on a rough journey the past year. The original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired and then replaced by Ron Howard. It's been a roller coaster of a ride for the cast and crew.
This week, during Good Morning America, a full trailer for the upcoming spring film was released. The extended trailer had a few Easter eggs as well as a few new characters that every Star Wars fan will be able to purchase a toy of in the upcoming months. More importantly, we also learned a lot about the new film; here are the main takeaways.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Emilia Clarke are also featured in the film, which releases in theaters on May 25, 2018.
The movie has faced a somewhat troubled production, as noted above. Rumors have suggested more of the film was reshot than initially believed; we know Paul Bettany had to replace Michael K. Williams. It remains to be seen how the film turns out, but the new trailer provides us with our best sense yet of what to expect.
The trailer kicks off with Han starting up the Millennium Falcon. Everything looks shiny and new. Afterwards Han, played by Alden Ehrenreich, says, "I've been running scams on the street since I was 10."
Han Solo and Qi'Ra, played by Emilia Clarke, are on the run in a landspeeder. If you look towards the top of the image, you can see Han's gold dice, which will eventually find a home in the Falcon.
Han and Qi'Ra are being chased by a trooper on a boxy landspeeder. Han says, "I was kicked out of the flight academy." He's referring to his time in the Imperial Naval Academy's flight school, which was brief.
Han continues, "For having a mind of my own." The trooper chasing Han runs into something and his bike explodes.
Han's speeder is still on the run and slides across the ground on a watery planet. This could be Corellia, the birthplace of Han Solo. During this shot, Han is being chased by Moloch and Rebolt, which have Lego sets coming out soon. Because Moloch is played by stuntman Harley Durst, he's probably not a big part of this movie.
Han stands in the mountains, on what could also be Corellia, and says, "I'm going to be a pilot." It's possible that this movie starts with Han leaving his home planet for the first time.
Han continues, "Best in the galaxy." We see an interior shot of the Falcon, and it is brand new, not a scratch on it.
There is a quick shot of Han standing in front of the Falcon, during a dust storm, and at the top of the screen are two suns. Could this be taking place on Tatooine?
Tobia Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, says, "Hey kid. I'm putting together a crew." Again this scene could be taking place on Corellia. Harrelson's character will be a mentor to Han, the person who teaches Han everything he knows about smuggling and being a scoundrel in the Star Wars Universe.
Qi'Ra and a droid exit the Falcon. The droid, whose name has not surfaced yet, will be voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Crashing, Broadchurch). It's very apparent from the trailer that this droid will be the C-3PO of the team, but hopefully a bit more useful.
It's the first shot of Lando, played by Donald Glover. He looks pretty awesome.
Thandie Newton, who you probably know as Maeve on Westworld, was rumored to be appearing in the film, and here's our confirmation. However, we're not sure who she is playing. There is a lot of speculation she's Sana Starros, and she claimed to be Han's wife when she appeared in Marvel's Star Wars comic series.
We have a brand-new alien, and in addition to the cool goggles, he has four arms. He's piloting a ship that has a bit of wear and tear on it.
Han stands facing a room which seems a bit seedy-looking. This could possibly be Stenness, where he first began gambling before the Galactic Civil War. This is where Han and Sana got illegitimately married.
There is a shot of a seemingly high-class bar, which Qi'Ra appears in as well. Inside the bar is a singer in a gold outfit accompanied by a head floating in a jar. It may be a throwaway moment, as the focus quickly went to Qi'Ra afterwards. Maybe she's there for a heist?
Of course, Han will be shooting people across the galaxy. We get a quick look at a shootout that's about to take place. Han is facing these guys.
We get a closer look at the person in the center of the group. His helmet has writing all over it. Do these gang members have any affiliation to the unnamed crime lord of Stenness?
There's a quick shot of someone shooting a blaster, and the outfit, while hard to make out, looks familiar.
From what we can make out, it looks similar to the outfit Lando wore in Return of the Jedi while in Jabba's palace.
In the only other shot with decent lighting, you can see the ridges on the top of the helmet, as well as the shape of it, which covers the side of the face, much like Lando's RotJ helmet.
Back on what seems like Corellia, there'a a large explosion, and the trailer leads us to believe Han is flying the ship.
TIE Fighters chase the Falcon on a gaseous planet, with an Imperial-Class Destroyer in the background.
After escaping the Empire, the crew on the Falcon finds themselves avoiding some sort of Cthulhu-type creature. Could this be a Purrgil, a giant space-whale that can travel through hyper-space? Regardless, this looks like the biggest creature we've seen in the Star Wars cinematic universe, even bigger than the Exogoth from Empire Strikes Back.
We'll learn more when Solo: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters on May 25.